Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Judith and I saw a bald eagle close up on our walk today. We were just past the end of our property going west when I saw a shadow on the road that looked like a glider was coming toward us. We looked up and saw it from the underside. It was fast and silent and looked like an Indian Thunderbird design. It passed not 20' over our heads and we could only see white feathers. We thought it was a huge hawk or falcon until it passed and turned to fly off over our property. Then we could see the full coloring and recognized it as an eagle. It had to have more than a 5' wingspan and in profile it looked like the classic U.S. Bald Eagle portrait. This has to be one of the top animal sitings of my life. The other one that comes close involved a Bald Eagle catching a fish. That bird was smaller and didn't come as close to us. We were in a moving car so that was more of a glimpse but seeing the fish in its talons was really something.